With so many varieties of tonic water on the market, we’ve taken a look to determine the best options to mix with your gin or to have solo. It’s all too easy to go overboard on the G&Ts, but if the tonic is as good as the gin, we reckon you’ll enjoy just sticking with the mixer!
If you do wish to consume your tonic with gin, please remember to drink responsibly and in moderation.
1. Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic Water
If you’re into your tonics, you won’t be surprised to see Fever Tree making the list. Their refreshingly light tonic water is clean, crisp and has 46% fewer calories than their other tonic waters – we can see why it’s a popular choice.
Nutrition per 100ml: 19kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 4.8g sugars; 0g salt
2. The Artisans Drinks Co. Skinny London Tonic
Naturally, this tonic water is less-sweet because of the lower amount of fruit sugar levels. As a result, we found this really balances the quinine’s crispness and you can taste a perfect harmony of orange and lemon essences.
Nutrition per 100ml: 17kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 3.8g sugars; 0g salt
3. The Duchess Alchohol-free G&T
Described as a ‘no-alcohol G&T’, this drink is bursting with botanical flavours and when served on ice with a slice of lemon, it comes pretty close to the real thing.
Nutrition per 100ml: 14kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 2.4g sugars; 0g salt
4. Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Pressè Light
Take your gin to a whole new level with Belvoir Fruit Farms light elderflower pressè. It’s flavoured with real flowers and has only 50 calories per 250ml. Delicious without the gin too, especially when served with a fresh fruit garnish in summer.
Nutrition per 100ml: 20kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 4.8g sugars; 0g salt
5. The London Essence Co. Pomelo & Pink Pepper
Pomelo, the large citrus fruit tastes great with the addition of peppercorn – a fun flavour combination you really must try. This fiery drink with just the right amount of sweetness is lovely to sip on over ice.
Nutrition per 100ml: 19kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 4.5g sugars; 0g salt
6. Fentinmans Light Tonic water
If you’re not a fan of flavoured tonics then opt for something natural. Fentimans naturally light tonic is refreshing with a hint of citrus plus it contains 30% less calories than their original tonic.
Nutrition per 100ml: 18kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 3.4g sugars; 0g salt
7. Luscombe Cucumber Tonic
In the mood for a gin? Before you pour yourself a G&T, try sipping on a bottle of Luscombe cucumber tonic water – it’s surprisingly similar to the real thing because of its botanical notes and you can relax in knowing that you won’t be waking up with a headache tomorrow.
Nutrition per 100ml: 33kcal; 0.2g fat; 0.1g saturates; 7.8g sugars; 0.1g salt
8. Bermondsey Mixer Co. Bermondsey tonic
This London-based tonic is challenging the norm by using natural cinchona bark instead of quinine extract, giving it a beautiful amber hue and natural flavour. It’s perfect for those who dislike tonic because of the bitterness of quinine.
Nutrition per 100ml: 27kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 7.6g sugars; 0g salt
9. Franklin & Sons Natural Light tonic water
For a lighter tonic that has half the sugar of it’s original, try Franklin & Sons natural and light tonic water.
Nutrition per 100ml: 19kcal; 0g fat; 0g saturates; 4.3g sugars; 0g salt
10. Lamb & Watt Hibiscus Tonic Water
With a precise balance of tart and sweet flavours and a stunning bottle to match, L&W’s floral hibiscus tonic will certainly impress your friends at your next get-together.
Nutrition per 100ml: 34kcal; 0.1g fat; 0g saturates; 8g sugars; 0g salt